The Blue Jays exploded Saturday, pummeling the A’s 10-1 in Toronto’s best game of the season to clinch a series win in Oakland.
The Athletics returned to Oakland following a three-city road trip Tuesday, and they brought with them an ugly, ugly brand of baseball.
Stymied by Felix Peña through the first two frames, the Athletics tallied pairs in the third and fourth frames to beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 behind a rock-solid Brett Anderson effort.
The A’s may take pride in their bullpen, but they couldn’t get the job done Friday night.
After celebrating the 100th win in Edwin Jackson’s career Monday night, Tuesday brought more merry-making.
Sean Manaea extended his run of dominance, quieting the Toronto Blue Jays over 6 innings.
After seeing the top four teams in the division bunched within nine games of the top spot a season ago, things will only tighten up further. And in a battle of baseball’s brawn, one fewer win for “Beantown” will be enough to punch a ticket the AL’s divisional round.
By only the second inning, the A’s had received their sign the night wasn’t going to be easy.